Another Note on Barth

For all his rejection of the classical metaphysical understanding of God, Barth isn’t actually all that far from the classical understanding – he certainly gets there by a very different road, but it’s not all that different.

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2 thoughts on “Another Note on Barth

  1. Kevin Davis March 22, 2014 / 8:18 am

    Yes, I emphasized this throughout our reading group. We just finished “constancy and omnipotence,” the largest section by far, and he endorses all of the standard scholastic distinctions for understanding God’s foreknowledge and will, especially against Molinism (a highly interesting excursus of 20 pages!).

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  2. Amyclae March 24, 2014 / 2:48 pm

    Barth at his best is original, but even still I compare him to any other artist who loves a good cover. Johnny Cash springs to my mind, but I’m sure you have your own. His efforts are obviously more than a cover, and that’s where the metaphor breaks down a bit, yet I think there is some essential truth to the comparison. Barthes has heard something in the words of the great(est?) classical minds and he wants to replicate it with his own instruments. It’s elegant.

    Of course, is this really ‘art?’ Yeah, I think so. Half-serious: Berger said art was anything that raised my consciousness. Surely, if anyone has, it has been Barth.

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